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Old 04-09-09, 09:51 PM   #11
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I'm not sure where he's from originally. I know he was born in the US and lived here until he was into his thirties or forties, then moved to Australia. He said in his book that it was a dream of his to live there, and soon after the September 11 experience, he packed up his family and moved there because he decided to follow all of his dreams.

He's an interesting guy. Well educated, intelligent, and seems to be honest about what he's doing. I've heard him interviewed on the radio, and the interview was riveting. I really felt like I could relate to him, and that he isn't in this entirely for himself. He seems to be genuine in wanting to help people find the key to losing their weight and setting themselves free.
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Well I think if he resonates with you go for it!
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hey, that's cool that you're going to do it, square :) will you keep us posted?
i'm afraid to try it myself, only because i'm afraid i'll be the exception to the method...again. (i also have to find out where they sell his books..) best of luck
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I haven't heard about/tried it, though I do think it has a valid base - if you have learnt that being a certain way is comforting and safe, you will naturally drive yourself towards that way.

Does it mention anything about mind over matter? Perhaps this goes hand in hand with the theory of being mentally sound in order to make yourself physically sound, but we tend to become self fulfilling prophecies - we think something will truly work, and it does. We think something will fail us again - and it does. We see other people who certain theories have worked for succeed because they believed they would succeed, and we then gain confidence in the theory and apply it to ourselves - and succeed, because we think we can.

The question is, how much is the theory at work and how much is our own minds making us better? Can our minds make us better when they are still ill?

Very interesting.
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Old 04-11-09, 04:33 AM   #15
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Yeah, that is a huge part of his book, Scarling. We can't lose weight until our mental health is good and clear, otherwise our bodies will always fight to remain fat and we will have cravings for the unhealthy things that keep us fat. That's why I'm not going any further until I can get myself to therapy, which I've been needing for years. Every time I hit a big bump in the road of life, I start to rely on food and caffeine and just want to hide from the world. I have to find healthier ways to deal with stress. That is really the whole theme of the book: overcoming our own minds and mental blocks, sources of depression and fear, and finding healthier ways to deal with the bad stuff in life. Losing weight will come naturally after these things are accomplished and rolling. It sucks for those of us who have major depression and anxiety. We have a lot more work to do than average people, but we can do it.
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